About MindWare Academy
MindWare Academy’s program serves students aged six to fourteen (grades 1-8). Our elementary program offers the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum in a language-intensive, small classroom experience, with a daily individualized tutorial. Students in our Intermediate program, which also offers a daily individualized program, enjoy small classes with added electives to allow them to explore individual interests. Students are placed in grades depending on their age.
Generally we have a Primary class, a grade 4 class, a grade 5 class, a grade 6 class, a grade 7 class and a grade 8 class. If numbers are low in one grade we might combine two together. There is a maximum of 8 children in a class.
All students receive five periods of instruction daily. Core subjects such as language and math are taught in the morning while physical education and electives are taught in the afternoons. We are on a balanced day which allows children plenty of time to eat lunch and then receive time to play outside at our wonderful park.
Mission, Values, and Vision
Mindware strives to empower children with learning disabilities and inspire them to be all they can be.
To create an environment that allows students with learning disabilities to grow emotionally, physically and academically.
Integrity, compassion, fairness, truth and tolerance.
We have a dream.
A dream about schools where young people are treated with respect and have the opportunity to learn the skills they need for a successful life. A dream about schools where children will never experience humiliation when they fail but will instead feel empowered by the opportunity to learn from their mistakes in a safe environment.
About Shelley Holloway, our Founder
I have always felt that school should be a positive experience – one where both student and staff learn and laugh and enjoy spending their days. When I returned to the field after raising my children, I began volunteering in my son’s class. I soon realized that, despite a caring and committed teacher, there were many children’s needs who were not being met. To try and meet their needs, I opened Mindware Educational Services, an in-home tutoring service that specialized in helping children with learning disabilities. I soon realized that these children needed more than just tutoring after school. They needed an environment that supported them and empowered them. In 2004, Mindware Academy was born.
From the day we have opened our doors, I’ve been driven to make Mindware Academy a place where children with learning disabilities no longer feel marginalized and left behind. Using established methods, instruction and care, a child with a learning disability can still succeed and enjoy learning. It is for this reason that I am proud to continue to offer Mindware Academy as a solution to a growing need for parents and children with learning disabilities.
Degrees and Certifications:
B.Arts Hons. – Queen’s University
Education Queen’s University
Special Education Certification – Nipissing University
Orton Gillingham Certification
Leadership Ottawa Graduate
Independent Schools Federation Principal’s Course Certificate
YouCan Restorative Justice Certificate
Children’s Creative Conflict Resolution Certificate
Certified. Caring. Committed.
The staff at Mindware Academy are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of children with learning disabilities. All of our teachers are certified with backgrounds in specialized education.
On top of that, all of our teachers have additional certifications in areas such as ABA, social skills, Orton Gillingham, leadership, guidance, reading, and spelling.
All our staff use multi-sensory methods, ensuring that children are given the opportunity to learn using all modalities.